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Be warned: Full-on excitement is waiting in Tennessee! Decide if you want intense action, a wilderness experience, an invigorating getaway or an easy family outing. Our waterways and trails have distinct personalities and experiences to offer.

If whitewater's your passion try Tennessee's premier rafting river, the Ocoee, site of the 1996 Olympics and one of America's Top Ten Rivers, or the Cumberland in Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the Lower Nolichucky, Watauga and Holston rivers. You can kayak the four-mile paddle from Cane Hollow to the base of the 130-foot rush of Burgess Falls on Center Hill Lake or canoe Waynesboro's scenic Buffalo River with its quiet beauty. If a refreshing family is more your style, take in the cool water in Townsend in the Smoky Mountains. In Memphis, experience the Mighty Mississippi at Mud Island River Park, where education and water sports meet, or relax in the undisturbed headwaters and forests of the serene Wolf River. Whatever your favorite water sport, Tennessee has plenty to offer.

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Chilhowee Lake - Lake McCamy
"A seven-acre lake atop scenic Chilhowee Mountain. Swim area with white-sand beach, bathhouse, picnic tables and hiking trails. No motor ...more

City:  Benton, TN
Phone:  423-338-3300

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Clearwater Canoe Rental & RV Park
"If you are thinking of a canoe trip or just want to lie back and camp on the Buffalo River, Clear Water Canoe Rental will give you the excellent service you deserve. Over 1/2 mile of scenic river bank to camp and have a good time ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  800-260-5195

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Clifton Marina
"72 slips, full-service diesel and gas, cleanout pump, bait and fishing supplies and food ...more

City:  Clifton, TN
Phone:  931-676-5225

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Clinch River
"A wonderful river to fly fish, bring a stealthy approach, delicate presentation and small flies to the Clinch River, one of America’s premier trout streams. The Clinch tailwaters flow 13 miles from Norris Dam, at River Mile 80, to Highway 61 Bridge in Clinton, Tennessee, at River Mile 67 and can be accessed at several locations. The setting of wooded ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  (800) 524-3602

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Coal Creek Miner's Trail
"Relive coal mining history and explore the scenic mountains and streams of Coal Creek by traveling the new Motor Discovery ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  800-524-3602

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Coker Creek Falls
"Cascading waterfall of seven ledges. Easy to moderate trail follows Coker Creek. Call or visit their website for more ...more

City:  Coker Creek, TN
Phone:  423-261-2286

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Coker Creek Village
"A 300-acre adventure and retreat center for groups of ten to 300. Bunk houses, meals, horse trail rides, climbing tower with zip line, team building course, paint ball, mountain biking, miles of hiking trails, gold panning, camp fires, hayrides, field games, ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  800-448-9580

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Cookeville Boat Dock
"Cookeville Dock is located on scenic Center Hill Lake. Offering boat rentals, a public fishing pier, the Lighthouse Restaurant, private dockage, and a fully stocked ship ...more

City:  Baxter, TN
Phone:  931-858-4008

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Cookeville Boat Dock & Lighthouse Restaurant
"Cookeville Boat Dock is a marina with a family atmosphere located about seventy miles east of Nashville, fifteen miles south of Cookeville. We offer yearly dockage, boat rentals, a floating restaurant, a fully stocked store and a service department. With 415 miles of secluded shoreline, Center Hill Lake offers many excellent fishing and water sports opportunities. Quiet coves and magnificent waterfalls ...more

City:  Baxter, TN
Phone:  931-858-4008

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Cordell Hull Lake
"Cordell Hull Lake is located on the Cumberland River in Smith, Jackson, and Clay counties. The lake is named after distinguished Tennessee native Cordell Hull who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and as Secretary of State under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hull was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his efforts towards promoting world ...more

City:  Carthage, TN
Phone:  (615) 735-1034

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Country Junction
"Located on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Fishing, boating and camping for the entire family. Playground, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, pavalion and sandy beach swimming area. Yearly, weekly and daily sites available. "Where Memories Are ...more

City:  Springville, TN
Phone:  731-593-3662

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Cove Lake State Park
"Cove Lake State Park lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. The diversity of wildflowers and breathtaking vistas, scenic nature trails and bike trails through open grasslands and woodlands attract hikers and bikers. Bird watchers search for rare species of bird, such as the Swainson’s Warbler or the elusive Prothonotary Warbler, both documented ...more

City:  Caryville, TN
Phone:  423-566-9701

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Crazy Horse Canoe & RV Rental and Campground
"If you are thinking of taking a canoe trip or just having a relaxing time camping, fishing or swimming, visit the Crazy Horse Canoe Rental with over ? mile of scenic river bank at the Buffalo River in Wayne ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  931-722-5213

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Crooked Creek Marina & Campground
"Full-service marina providing: gas, bait, ice, beer, groceries, deli sandwiches and hand-dipped ice cream. Boat slip rentals. TWRA licensed. Vacation house for up to eight to ...more

City:  Lobelville, TN
Phone:  931-593-2112

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Cuba Landing Marina
"Cuba Landing Marina is a full-service marina located on the beautiful Tennessee River. Two miles off I-40, Exit 137 between Nashville and Jackson. Friendly staff, great fishing and beautiful sunsets. Come on down and see us! E-mail us at: www.cubalanding@tds.net Or "Like" us on ...more

City:  Waverly, TN
Phone:  931-296-2822

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Little Oak Recreation Area
"Interpretive trails. The Flatwoods area is popular with bicyclists and horseback riders. Fee. Open April - ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-735-1500

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Lock A Recreation Area
"A beach and additional playgrounds are available in the adjacent Cheatham Dam Right Bank Recreation Area. Registered campers may also use the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, which ends at Lock A. Base campsite fees range from $19 to ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  877-444-6777

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Long Hunter State Park
"Significant for both its natural and historic aspects, Long Hunter State Park is a popular spot on J. Percy Priest Lake for picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation. Several hiking trails at Long Hunter provide pleasant walking experiences, including the popular two-mile Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. It is also home to the Jason Allen Arboretum ...more

City:  Hermitage, TN
Phone:  615-885-2422

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Manchester Parks and Recreation
"Manchester Parks and Recreation features a brand new multimillion-dollar recreation complex with two indoor pools and an outdoor water park. It also contains racquetball courts, gymnasium, wellness room and indoor walking/jogging ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  931-728-0273

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Manchester Parks and Recreation Department
"<p>The City of Manchester maintains 90 acres of park land for the community to enjoy. Fred Deadman Park contains; the Ada Wright Community Center, four lighted tennis courts, picnic shelters, playground, skate park, and ball fields. The Little Duck River Greenway connects the Coffee County Middle School on Highway 55 with Dave King Park, Fred Deadman Park and the ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  (931) 728-3706

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Maury County Parks & Recreation
"Maury County Parks and Recreation has five parks: Maury County Park, Williams Spring Park, Chickasaw Trace Park, Jerry Erwin Park and Hampshire Park. MCP&R strives to provide recreational and educational opportunities, services and programs to expand our community involvement, create a higher standard of living and to enrich and enhance the lives of our ...more

City:  Columbia, TN
Phone:  (931) 375-6103

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
"Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named 13,467for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky ...more

City:  Millington, TN
Phone:  800-471-5293

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Melton Lake Drive Greenway and Park
"Peaceful three mile waterfront trail along Melton Hill Lake. Great for biking, walking, running and skating. Also home to the Oak Ridge Rowing Association. In the Spring, view the best rowing teams in the nation as they prepare for the season and ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  (800) 887-3429

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Memphis Riverfront Parks
"Experience the Mississippi Riverfront in Memphis at any one of these 10 beautiful parks along the ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-576-7205

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Mississippi River Corridor
"The opportunity for recreation within the Mississippi River Corridor is great for the outdoor enthusiast! Individuals can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, backpacking, picnicking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, and sightseeing throughout the Mississippi River Corridor. We also have within the Corridor four great state parks: T.O. Fuller, Meeman Shelby Forest, Ft. Pillow and Reelfoot Lake. Combined, these parks offer over ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  (901) 278-8459

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Mississippi River Trail
"The Mississippi River Trail, a road/bike trail that follows paved highways along the entire length of the river from Minnesota to New Orleans, includes a section through the rolling alluvial countryside of west Tennessee. One Memphis paddler, Joe Royer, an avid bicyclist as well, has popularized a workout that combines a cruise down the river with a bike ride on ...more

City:  Memphis, TN

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Moccasin Bend National Archeological District
"Just a short distance down river from the NorthShore area, the relatively new, 755-acre park has evidence of over 12,000 years of human occupation, including remains of Native American villages and Civil War earthworks. Bring your camera and take a leisurely walk or bike ride on the Blue Blazes Trail, a 1.5-mile loop with spectacular views of the Tennessee River. ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN

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Montgomery Bell State Park
"Montgomery Bell State Park is located seven miles east of Dickson in Dickson County. The rolling hills of Dickson County contain a treasure that was considered more precious than gold to the builders of young America. The treasure was iron ore, and it lured men by the hundreds to this area of Middle Tennessee. The site of the first Cumberland ...more

City:  Burns, TN
Phone:  800-250-8613

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Mousetail Landing State Park
"This 1, 247-acre area is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  731-847-0841

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Mud Island River Park
"Experience the river on the river. Recreational and educational facility showcasing the Mississippi River with museum. Riverwalk model. Canoe, kayak, bike rentals. Gift shop, restaurants, 5,000-seat amphitheatre. Banquet facilities. Special ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  800-507-6507

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Jackson Equestrian Center
"Riding Lessons, Boarding, Training & Summer ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-427-8768

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Juro Stables
"Horseback riding for the serious-minded rider or beginner. Pace to suit rider with English or Western tack. Call for available times and ...more

City:  Mt. Juliet, TN
Phone:  615-773-7433

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JuRo Stables
"Horseback Riding in Nahville/Middle Tennessee ...more

City:  Mt Juliet, TN
Phone:  (615) 773-7433

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Kicking Back Cabin
"3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath vacation cabin rental adjacent to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Our cabin features a jacuzzi tub, fireplace, gas grill, washer & dryer, fully equipped kitchen, 5 stall barn, 2 16x16 corrals, large covered front and back porches, outdoor firepit, satellite tv with all movie channels, DVD, ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  931-537-9144

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Little Oak Recreation Area
"Interpretive trails. The Flatwoods area is popular with bicyclists and horseback riders. Fee. Open April - ...more

City:  Bristol, TN
Phone:  423-735-1500

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Long Branch Lakes Equestrian Center

City:  Spencer, TN
Phone:  866-615-6615

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Long C Trails
"Long C Trails is a family-operated trail ride with lots of clean family fun. We offer a peaceful, alcohol-free atmosphere with some of the most beautiful scenery in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. This includes over 2,000 acres of horseback-riding trails, winding Long Creek, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, wildlife and majestic bluffs. Long C Trails has RV sites, primitive ...more

City:  Westmoreland, TN
Phone:  (270) 618-7500

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Loree Guest Ranch
"A horse lover's paradise, Loree Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast has your ideal vacation house and cabins at Big South Fork, Tennessee. Wake up to the aroma of homemade muffins, fruit and freshly brewed coffee. Relax on your private deck overlooking beautiful views of Loree Lake and the mountains. Guesthouse (sleeps 14) includes a formal dining room, large lodge/entertaining room with ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  931-879-1985

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McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
"Thirty permanent exhibit areas depicting the history of McMinn County and Southeast Tennessee. Bi-monthly changing exhibits. One of the South's largest quilt shows in May and June. Annual Japanese Quilt Show in September and October. Call for exact ...more

City:  Athens, TN
Phone:  423-745-0329

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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
"Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named 13,467for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky ...more

City:  Millington, TN
Phone:  800-471-5293

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MMillian Farms
"104 acre, privately owned farm open to the public for camping, fishing, horseback riding and other outdoor family activities. rnEquine events held monthly. Trails, trails & more trails for horseback riding.( bring your own horse)rnFull hook up campground, 4 stocked catfish ponds to fish from. One fully furnished rustic cabin for over night stays. Fall festival with events.rnCampfire cook off ...more

City:  Mosheim, TN
Phone:  (423) 823-2867

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Natchez Trace Equestrian Center
"Trail rides, pony rides, overnight boarding. Open through Nov. 30th. Located inside Natchez Trace State Park. Exit 116 from I-40. Gentle horses and friendly wranglers available Thurs. ? Sun. 9 a.m. ? 5 p.m. Tues. and Wed. by appointment ...more

City:  Wildersville, TN
Phone:  731-967-5340

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Natchez Trace Parkway
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and Byway commemorates the ancient trail used by animals and people that connected portions of the Mississippi River to the salt licks in central Tennessee. It took “Kaintucks” about 30 days to walk along the Trace, carrying goods to sell at the port of New Orleans. Numerous short hiking trails are some of the ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Natchez Trace State Park
"Along with vast scenic woodlands, the Natchez Trace State Park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room inn and conference center with over 3000 square feet of meeting/banquet space, a restaurant, 17 cabins and 10 villas, a group lodge, 208 campsites, 5 air conditioned camping cabins, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque ...more

City:  Wildersville, TN
Phone:  800-250-8616

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Natchez Trace Wine Trail
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to today's central Tennessee. The Tennessee cities along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway are Nashville, Franklin, Leiper's Fork and Brentwood. Visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Along the Trail, enjoy ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (800) 305-7417

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Coker Creek Falls
"Cascading waterfall of seven ledges. Easy to moderate trail follows Coker Creek. Call or visit their website for more ...more

City:  Coker Creek, TN
Phone:  423-261-2286

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Coker Creek Village
"A 300-acre adventure and retreat center for groups of ten to 300. Bunk houses, meals, horse trail rides, climbing tower with zip line, team building course, paint ball, mountain biking, miles of hiking trails, gold panning, camp fires, hayrides, field games, ...more

City:  Tellico Plains, TN
Phone:  800-448-9580

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Colditz Cove State Natural Area
"Colditz Cove is one of Tennessee's newest natural areas. It is characterized by high bluffs, rugged gorges, lush rhododendron, large trees and a beautiful waterfall. Colditz Cove is a 165-acre natural area located approximately two miles east of Allardt, Tennessee, in Fentress County. An impressive feature is Northrup Falls. This is one of Tennessee’s most stunning waterfalls, plunging more than ...more

City:  Jamestown, TN
Phone:  (877) 260-0010

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College Crib Sport's Shop
"Specializes in African American college and Greek ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-329-3885

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Collierville Greenbelt System
"The Greenbelt system is designed for the construction of over 60 miles of trails and sidewalks connecting parks, schools, neighborhoods, and commercial districts. The town currently manages over 4-1/2 miles of trails within the corporate ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-457-2770

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Coon Creek Formation
"Located near the Leapwood community in northeast McNairy County, Coon Creek is known internationally to geologists and paleontologists for its exceptionally rich Cretaceous fossil beds. Located at the eastern edge of the Coastal Plain of West Tennessee, the area was covered by the sea's Mississippi Embayment in the Late Cretaceous Period (140 million to 68 million years ago) and much ...more

City:  Adamsville, TN

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Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park
"The site includes a representation of Cordell Hull’s log cabin birthplace and gardens. The Cordell Hull Museum and Archives has a collection of more than 1,500 books, hundreds of original documents and objects, and Hull’s Nobel Peace ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  (931) 864-3247

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Cottonport Landing

City:  Decatur, TN
Phone:  423-334-4999

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Country Junction
"Located on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Fishing, boating and camping for the entire family. Playground, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, pavalion and sandy beach swimming area. Yearly, weekly and daily sites available. "Where Memories Are ...more

City:  Springville, TN
Phone:  731-593-3662

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Cove Lake State Park
"Cove Lake State Park lies in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. The diversity of wildflowers and breathtaking vistas, scenic nature trails and bike trails through open grasslands and woodlands attract hikers and bikers. Bird watchers search for rare species of bird, such as the Swainson’s Warbler or the elusive Prothonotary Warbler, both documented ...more

City:  Caryville, TN
Phone:  423-566-9701

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Crazy Horse Canoe & RV Rental and Campground
"If you are thinking of taking a canoe trip or just having a relaxing time camping, fishing or swimming, visit the Crazy Horse Canoe Rental with over ? mile of scenic river bank at the Buffalo River in Wayne ...more

City:  Waynesboro, TN
Phone:  931-722-5213

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Cumberland Caverns
"Conveniently located between Nashville, Chattanooga and Gatlinburg, Cumberland Caverns offers a great day of fun and excitement. Inquire about their educational field trips, overnight spelunking trips, daytime adventure trips, group tours, and banquets, birthday parties, and ...more

City:  McMinnville, TN
Phone:  931-668-4396

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
"Tours of the historic Hensley Settlement, cave tours, camping, and bird watching allow visitors a chance to experience the past and present of the region. The Pinnacle Overlook provides an exceptional view of bird migration. A museum, dramatic films, crafts, and a bookstore can be found in the visitor ...more

City:  Cumberland Gap, TN
Phone:  (606) 248-2817

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Cumberland Mountain State Park
"This 1,720-acre park provides recreational activities including the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain, one of the top golf courses in the Southeastern ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  (800) 250-8618

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Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail
"Walking, biking, hiking. Corridor serves as wildlife passage. Bird and wildlife viewing. Benches, picnic tables available every quarter mile. Restrooms and gardens at the Turkey Junction comfort ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  615-792-4211

Upcoming events

Date: Sep 20, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Daniel Smith Colonial Days
Location: Hendersonville, TN

Date: Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Location: Bristol, TN

Date: Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Location: Bristol, TN

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